Soil, water, plants, animals and air are all part of what makes a dynamic and healthy cotton farming system.
Protecting natural resources and growing crops to clothe the world is a balancing act that cotton growers manage every day. And as custodians of large amounts of land, cotton growers are an important part of Australia’s environmental farming workforce.
They are improving soil health, fencing off remnant vegetation, saving water, practicing no-till farming and Integrated Pest Management and generally becoming more efficient across the farming operation. All this is done with a combination of cutting edge science and technology, local experience, good old fashioned common sense and significant personal investments of time and money.
On average cotton farms have approximately 42 percent of their land dedicated to native vegetation. More than 42,000 birds representing 45 species were found on farm water storages in the Gwydir Valley, 153 bird species were found in natural vegetation in the Namoi Valley, 450 species of invertebrates have been recorded in one cotton field during the summer.